Dr. Julia Kerrigan

Associate Professor, Mycology

Julia KerriganEmail: jkerrig@clemson.edu
Office: 864-656-2640
Cell: 864-650-1529

School of Agricultural, Forest, and Environmental Sciences

Office: B05 Long Hall
Lab: B06 Long Hall
Mailing address: 130 McGinty Court, E143 Poole Agricultural Center, Clemson, SC 29634-0310

PhD, Plant Pathology, Washington State University - Pullman
MS, Plant Pathology, University of Georgia - Athens
BS, Natural Resources, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Research interest:
My research and teaching are in the field of mycology, especially the basic biology of fungi, interactions with other organisms, and fungi in forest ecosystems. Underlying themes of my research include fungal ecology, biodiversity, and identification and taxonomy. My research approach is to investigate a system and address questions from different perspectives, utilizing a variety of tools such as molecular techniques, light and electron microscopy, and field-based research.

Yadagiri KK, Kerrigan JL, Martin SB (in revision) Ultrastructure and life cycle of Labyrinthula terrestris, causal agent of rapid blight of cool-season turfgrasses. Mycologia.

Yadagiri KK, Kerrigan JL (in revision) Review of the genus Labyrinthula. Antonie van Leeuwenhoek.

Seiter NJ, Grabke A, Greene JK, Kerrigan JL, Reay-Jones FPF (2014) Beauveria bassiana as a pathogen of Megacopta cribraria (Hemiptera: Plataspidae) in South Carolina. Journal of Entomological Science. 49(3):326-330.

Jain A, Hammonds RE, Kerrigan JL, Henson JM (2014) Characterization of a Trichoderma atroviride strain isolated from switchgrass bales and its use to saccharify ammonia-pretreated switchgrass for biobutanol production. Biomass and Bioenergy 64:299-308.

Yadagiri KK, Kerrigan JL, Martin SB (2012) Improved methods for axenic culture of Labyrinthula terrestris, causal agent of rapid blight of turfgrasses. Canadian Journal of Microbiology 58(10):1230-1235

Kerrigan JL, Rogers JD (2012) Biology and ecology of Ascobotryozyma and Botryozyma species, unusual nematode-associated yeasts. Mycologia 105(1):34-51. doi: 10.3852/12-041

Kerrigan JL, Olsen MW, Martin SB (2012) Rapid blight of cool-season turfgrass. APS Disease Lesson (http://www.apsnet.org/edcenter/intropp/lessons/fungi/other/Pages/RapidBlight.aspx).

Li X, Kerrigan JL, Chai W, Schnabel G (2012) Botrytis caroliniana, a new species isolated from blackberry in South Carolina. Mycologia 104(3):650-658. doi:10.3852/11-218.

Pagliaccia D, Peever TL, Carris LM, Kerrigan JL, Douhan LI, Douhan GW (2011) Development of molecular markers and preliminary investigation of the population structure and mating system of the black morel (Morchella elata) group in the Pacific Northwest of the USA. Mycologia 103(5):969-982.

Kerrigan JL, Smith MTh (2011) Ascobotryozyma In: The Yeasts, A Taxonomic Study, 5th Ed. (C.P. Kurtzman, J.W. Fell, and T. Boekhout. eds). Elsevier Science Publications, Amsterdam.

Kerrigan JL, Smith MTh (2011) Botryozyma In: The Yeasts, A Taxonomic Study, 5th Ed. (C.P. Kurtzman, J.W. Fell, and T. Boekhout. eds). Elsevier Science Publications, Amsterdam.

Kerrigan JL, Gruber J (2010) Aspergillus niger Biofilm Establishment under Low Shear using the Drip Flow Biofilm Reactor. Technical Research Report and SOP's submitted to P&G, 17 pp.

Stone JK, Capitano BR, Kerrigan JL (2008) The histopathology of Phaeocryptopus gaeumannii. Mycologia 100(3):431-444.

Stone JK, Kerrigan JL (2007) Factors influencing the distribution of a foliar fungal pathogen and its effect on carbon dioxide flux in multiple-aged Douglas-fir forests. Annual Report, Western Regional Center of the Department of Energy’s National Institute for Climatic Change Research, Flagstaff, Arizona.

Stone JK, Hood IA, Watt MS, Kerrigan, JL (2007). Distribution of Swiss needle cast in New Zealand in relation to winter temperature. Australasian Plant Pathology 36(5): 445-454.

Manter, DK, Kerrigan J (2004) A/Ci curve analysis across a range of woody plant species: influence of regression analysis parameters and mesophyll conductance. Journal of Experimental Botany 55(408): 2581-2588.

Kerrigan J, Smith MTh, Rogers JD, Poot GA. (2004) Botryozyma mucatilis sp. nov., an anamorphic ascomycetous yeast associated with nematodes in poplar slime flux. FEMS Yeast Research 4(8): 849-856.

Kerrigan J., Smith MTh, Rogers JD, Poot GA, Douhan GW (2003) Ascobotryozyma cognata sp. nov, a new ascomycetous yeast associated with nematodes in wood-boring beetle galleries. Mycological Research 107(9): 1110-1120.

Kerrigan J, Rogers, JD (2003) Microfungi associated with the wood-boring beetles Saperda calcarata (poplar borer) and Cryptorhynchus lapathi (poplar and willow borer). Mycotaxon 86:1-18.

Kerrigan JL, Smith MTh, Rogers JD, Poot GA (2001) Ascobotryozyma americana, gen. nov. et sp. nov., an unusual yeast from the surface of nematodes. Antonie van Leeuwenhoek 79(1):7-16.

Professional society activity:
American Phytopathological Society
Mycological Society of America
Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
Sigma XI, The Scientific Research Society

Honors and awards:
Teaching Excellence Award for Graduate Education, College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Life Science 2010

Fungi and Civilization (PLPA 2130), spring
Introductory Mycology (BIOSC (PLPA) 4250/6250), fall odd years
Mycology Practicum (BIOSC (PLPA) 4260/6260), fall odd years
Fungal Ecology and Pathology (PLPA 8130, L8131), fall even years
Integrated Forest Pest Management (FNR 4130/6130, L4131/L6131), fall
Mycology for Teachers: Put the Fun in Fungi (PLPA 802, L802)